Casey Kasem

Radio Personality
Born Apr 27, 1932
Hometown Detroit, Michigan
Died Jun 15, 2014
Death Place Gig Harbor, Washi...
Religion Muslim
Height 5' 6" (168 cm)
Nationality American

Kemal Amin "Casey" Kasem is an American radio personality and voice actor who is best known for being the host of the nationally syndicated Top 40 countdown show American Top 40, and for voicing Shaggy in the popular Saturday morning cartoon franchise Scooby-Doo. Kasem, along with Don Bustany and Ron Jacobs, founded the popular American Top 40 franchise in 1970, hosting it from July 4, 1970 to August 6, 1988; and then from March 28, 1998 to January 3, 2004.… Read More

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1932 Birth Kasem was born in Detroit, Michigan, on April 27, 1932, to Lebanese Druze immigrant parents, who had settled in Michigan, where they worked as grocers. … Read More


1952 20 Years Old In 1952, Kasem was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Korea. … Read More


1963 - 1967 3 More Events
1969 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1969, he played the role of "Knife" in the "surfers vs. bikers" film Wild Wheels, and had a small role in another biker movie, The Cycle Savages, starring Bruce Dern and Melody Patterson. … Read More
1970 38 Years Old On July 4, 1970, Kasem, along with Don Bustany, Tom Rounds and Ron Jacobs, launched the weekly radio program American Top 40 (AT40). … Read More
1971 39 Years Old In 1971, Kasem provided the character voice of Peter Cottontail in the Rankin/Bass production of Here Comes Peter Cottontail. … Read More


1972 40 Years Old 1 More Event
A political liberal, he narrated a campaign ad for George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign, hosted fundraisers for Jesse Jackson's presidential campaigns in 1984 and 1988, supported Ralph Nader for U.S. President in 2000, and supported progressive Democrat Dennis Kucinich in his 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns. … Read More
1973 41 Years Old From 1973 until 1985, he voiced Robin on several SuperFriends franchise shows. … Read More
1977 45 Years Old In 1977 he was initially hired as the narrator for the ABC sitcom Soap, but quit after the pilot episode due to the content. … Read More
1980 48 Years Old Kasem was married to actress Jean Thompson from 1980 until his death. … Read More


1984 52 Years Old In 1984, Kasem made a cameo in Ghostbusters, reprising his role as the host of American Top 40. … Read More
1988 56 Years Old In 1988, Kasem left American Top 40 due to a contract dispute with ABC Radio Network. … Read More
1989 57 Years Old From 1989 to 1998, Kasem hosted Nick at Nite's New Year's Eve countdown of the top reruns of the year. … Read More


1995 - 2004 3 More Events
2005 73 Years Old In April 2005, a television special called American Top 40 Live aired on the Fox network, hosted by Seacrest, with Kasem appearing on the show.
2008 76 Years Old In 2008, Kasem did the voice over for WGN America's Out of Sight Retro Night. … Read More
2009 77 Years Old 1 More Event
Kasem retired from AT20 and AT10 on July 4, 2009, and both shows ended on that day. … Read More
2010 78 Years Old Although officially retired from acting, he provided the voice of Colton Rogers, Shaggy's father, on a recurring basis for the 2010–2013 series Scooby-Doo! … Read More
2013 81 Years Old 1 More Event
In October 2013, Kerri Kasem said her father was suffering from Parkinson's disease, which a doctor had diagnosed in 2007; a few months later, she said he was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia, which is often difficult to differentiate from Parkinson's. … Read More
Casey was removed from a Santa Monica, California nursing home by his wife on May 7, 2014. … Read More
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